Eagles’ trick play? Pine-Richland pulled it off three years earlier

Monday, February 5, 2018 | 3:39 AM

Super Bowl LII stirred memories for some WPIAL football coaches, fans and former players.

The Philadelphia Eagles ran a trick play for a touchdown Sunday night that closely resembled one Pine-Richland executed at Heinz Field during the WPIAL Class 4A championship in 2014.

Both times the quarterback caught a touchdown, drawing comparisons on social media.

On Sunday against the New England Patriots, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles pretended he was calling out instructions to his offensive line, but instead he walked to his right and lined up behind tackle. Running back Corey Clement took a direct snap and pitched left to tight end Trey Burton, who was crossing behind him.

Burton’s pass found Foles alone on the right side for a touchdown.

Pine-Richland’s version from a few years ago wasn’t much different.

Running back Connor Slomka took the direct snap, pitched left to receiver D’Ondre Gastion and connected with quarterback Ben DiNucci for a wide-open touchdown in the Rams’ 21-13 victory over Central Catholic.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter@CHarlan_Trib.

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